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VIDEO: Inside Operation Santa Boone

The 5th Annual Operation Santa Boone surprised a Fair Lawn family.
The 5th Annual Operation Santa Boone surprised a Fair Lawn family. Video Credit: wayne robbins
Santa Boone's elf, Liz Twiggs, preps the Fair Lawn Police Department in Boro Hall. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

FAIR LAWN-GLEN ROCK, N.J. -- A single mom with breast cancer got the surprise of her life last wee week when she opened her front door to find that she was the recipient of the Fifth annual "Operation Santa Boone."

Bernadette Vargas was speechless as she opened her door and began to sob as a host of police officers, volunteers, residents, high school students, city officials and others walked began signing and ushered her family to a home full of holiday lights and joy.

Vargas, 45, lost her job — and her insurance coverage — after being diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in the summer.

The project was started by Liz Twiggs of the Health Department and is named after Fair Lawn's Detective David Boone who is retiring next year.

Vargas, said she and her family had a wonderful time and couldn't believe there are so many caring people.

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